August 2007

Special Report: Fluid Flow and Rotating Equipment

New compressor control system saves gas plant energy and increases production

Here are the advanced strategies used and project implementation

Gunther, K., Mathew, V., Saudi Aramco, Ju'aymah Gas Plant; Miller, S., SpectraSensors

In 2002, Saudi Aramco embarked on a program to replace controls for 16 compressors at the Ju'aymah Gas Plant (JGP). This article gives an overview of the project and addresses the improvements and benefits that resulted from this replacement. JGP process overview. The JGP was commissioned in 1980 as part of the Saudi Arabian Master Gas System, which was initiated for recovering associated gases generated with crude oil production. Previously, the associated gases were flared. This program provided for collecting, compressing, fractionating and transporting natural gas liquids (NGL). The JGP is the largest NGL fractionation plant in the world, producing over 1 MM bpd of NGL products, includ

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